It's time to get out and enjoy the mighty and beautiful Chattooga River. The Chattooga River is the crown jewel of southern whitewater rivers and a symbol for wilderness river lovers throughout the United States and Canada. Its high rainfall, unusual geology (with many cliffs, gorges, and waterfalls), and steep gradient place it in the "world class" category of rivers. Most remaining rivers of the Chattooga's quality are tucked away in western gorges or West Virginia mountains. The river is arguably the area's prime single natural attraction, luring some 100,000 visitors a year for hiking, rafting, canoeing, kayaking, tubing, fishing, swimming, or plain and simple river watching.
Headwaters of the Chattooga are in the Nantahala National Forest and private lands in North Carolina. Flowing southward out of North Carolina, they form approximately 40 river miles of boundary between Georgia and South Carolina. The river drops from approximately 3,000 feet elevation at its headwaters to 950 feet at its termination into Lake Tugalo. It is under the control and protection of the Sumter National Forest in South Carolina, the Chattahoochee National Forest in Georgia, and the Nantahala National Forest in North Carolina.
The Chattooga is divided into five sections, Section 0–Section IV. Section 0 includes the entire headwaters region from Whiteside Mountain southward to Russell Bridge (GA 28). Section 0 is the area that we are going to be backpacking. We will meet at the parking lot on hwy 28 at 10:30 am. We will leave some cars there and pile into the other cars and head up to the headwaters of the chattooga river. Once we arrive at the whiteside cove Rd. parking lot we will then put on our packs and start 30 mile hike southbound along the chattooga river trail. We will be hiking 8-9 miles a day and setting up camp Friday and Saturday nights And back at the cars on Sunday afternoon. Do not make plans for Sunday, as we might not get back until late. make sure that you bring something to eat for the ride up. As we will not have time to stop and eat.
Things to bring:
2 breakfast, 3 lunch, 2 dinners, 2 liter of water and filter
water shoes, towel, bathing suit and hiking boots
tent or hammock, sleeping pad, sleeping bag
trekking poles, camera, insect repellent Epi pen and allergy meds
Tp and something to dig with, tooth brush and paste (no dirty mouths on my trip.lol)
If you leave in the atlanta area and would like to carpool let me know when you respond yes to this post.